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Election Dispute Delays Count On Two Rye Bond Proposals

A vote count in the state Senate's 37th District was delayed when machines were impounded at the request of candidate George Latimer.
A vote count in the state Senate's 37th District was delayed when machines were impounded at the request of candidate George Latimer. Photo Credit: Zak Faila

RYE, N.Y. – Polling results for Rye’s two bond propositions got caught in the crossfire of a contentious state Senate campaign when voting machines in the Senate's 37th District were impounded Tuesday night.

There is no word from the Board of Elections on when the city will get results for Proposition One, a $176,000 bond for improvements to the Rye Free Reading Room, and Proposition Two, a $1.68 million bond for infrastructure work throughout the city.

As of Thursday morning, eight of Rye's 14 voting districts had reported totals. Proposition One was passing by a mere 13 votes,1,165 to 1,152, according to the county’s website. Proposition Two was failing by 2 votes, 391-389 votes.

George Latimer, Democratic candidate in the 37th District, moved to impound voting machines in his race with Republican opponent Bob Cohen. As of 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Latimer had 47,682 votes to Cohen's 39,771. Cohen conceded to Latimer that night, but the official results have not been released.

Latimer is expected to serve in the state Senate for the 37th District, representing Bedford, Eastchester, Rye, Rye City, Harrison, Mamaroneck, North Castle, part of New Rochelle, Scarsdale, part of White Plains and part of Yonkers.

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